In Southern Ontario, we think of the American Tree Sparrow as a winter bird. They breed near the Hudson Bay coast and the northern part of James Bay.
My grandfather told me that a winter-banded American Tree Sparrow from his property returned the following winter and fed on their window sill feeder about 3 ft. from where they sat eating their meals. Marvellous navigational ability!
We saw a small flock today at Downsview Park:
We also found a Long-eared Owl:
and a well-hidden Short-eared owl:
Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows!
There is a subtle sweetness in the sun,
The ripples on the stream’s breast gaily run,
The wind more boisterously by me blows,
And each succeeding day now longer grows. – Claude McKay (1889-1948)